About the Author
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Ed Smith was born in 1903 in the red-clay country of the
foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Maysville, north
Georgia. At the age of five he moved with his family to the
little town of Bishop, Georgia. Mr. Smith's formal elementary
education began in a little one room schoolhouse in Bishop.
Saying good-by to his family upon graduation, the country
boy spent the next two years in, and graduated from, Georgia
Military College. One year was spent at arduous labor in a rough
backwoods sawmill. Having become a hardened, strong youth
by this time, Mr. Smith was offered and accepted a football
scholarship to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. After a
year and a half, finding himself unable to afford to purchase
the necessary books to continue his education, he left the
university and entered the working world. While attending
Mercer, Mr. Smith met and married Mary Howard. In 1926,
the Smith's moved to Florida and after eight years in the Jacksonville area they made their residence at the Beaches. Mr.
Smith entered the lumber and hardware business and it has
continued through the years growing to one of the most
prominent businesses in the community.
Mr. Smith for the past forty years has been an active and
influential man in the business, church and civic activities in
the area. He is a Rotarian and has received the highest service
award given by Rotary International. Ed Smith has often been
called the "Beaches Historian" and the Humor-laureate" of
the Beaches, both these qualities being in evidence throughout this book.
N.B. He died in 1979.